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Genealogy and Local History Winter Programs

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2019 is underway and so are genealogy and local history programs at OPL!  Our programs are of course fun and informative, but even better this time of year, they’re all indoors!  So come in from the cold and join us to build your genealogy skills or learn about local history. 

Genealogy Drop-In Club

Drop in to work on your family tree! An OPL genealogy specialist and an Ontario Genealogical Society representative will be here to answer questions.

Nepean Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe. Tuesdays, January 8, 22, February 5, 19, March 5, 19, 2:00–4:00 p.m.   Drop-in.


Genealogy Research Lab

Need help tracing your ancestry?  Just getting started in genealogy?  Hit a research brick wall?  Join a genealogy librarian in the Computer Lab for a hands-on research session to work on your family tree.

Nepean Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe, Computer Lab. Thursdays, January 31, February 28, 7:00 p.m.  Register for Genealogy Research Lab


Genealogy Drop-In / Généalogie "Portes ouvertes"

Drop in to work on your family tree!  A genealogy librarian will be here to help. / Venez travailler sur votre arbre généalogique! Un spécialiste de la généalogie sera là pour vous aider.

Greenboro, 363 Lorry Greenberg. Wednesdays, January 16, February 20; Tuesday, March 19, 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 / mercredis, 16 janvier, 20 février; mardi, 19 mars, 10h30 à 12h00


Getting Started in Genealogy

Do you want to research your family tree but are not sure how to start?  Learn about first steps, organizing information, the records you need and where to find them, and tips for effective searching.

Emerald Plaza, 1547 Merivale.  Friday, February 1, 1:30 p.m.  Register for Getting Started in Genealogy


Bytown Tales

Stories of colourful characters and events from Ottawa's history!  Colette Laplante of Ottawa StoryTellers will regale you with tales both thrilling and humorous. Family program, ages 7 and up

St-Laurent, 515 Côté.  Saturday, February 2, 2:00 p.m.  Drop-in.

Stittsville, 1637 Stittsville Main.  Saturday, February 9, 1:30 p.m.  Drop-in


Using Ancestry Library

Discover the content and use of this popular genealogy database, and learn some tips and tricks to improve your searches.

Beaverbrook, 2500 Campeau. Tuesday, February 5, 2:00 p.m.  Register for Using Ancestry Library


Great Canal Journeys featuring the Rideau Canal: special screening

The Historical Society of Ottawa presents a special screening of the Rideau Canal episode of the spectacular British TV series Great Canal Journeys.  Actors Prunella Scales and Timothy West journey up the Canal from Kingston to Ottawa.  By permission of Channel 4.

Main, 120 Metcalfe, auditorium.  Friday, February 8, 12:00 noon .  Register for Great Canal Journeys: Rideau Canal


Contes pour célébrer l'histoire franco-ontariennes!

Venez célébrer le mois du patrimoine en ontario français! Nicole Fournier, alias Capitaine Bonnefemme, vous divertisse avec ses récits presque vraiment vrais! Programme pour les familles, 7 ans et plus.

Elmvale Acres, 1910 St-Laurent.  Samedi le 9 février, 14h00.  "Portes ouvertes"

Nepean Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe.  Samedi le 16 février, 14h00.  "Portes ouvertes"

Orléans, 1705 Orléans.  Samedi le 23 février, 13h00.  "Portes ouvertes"


Stories and Legends from Canada's Capital

Battling Bytown, The Flying Canoe, Sir Galahad, and the Fires of 1870 and 1916.  Colette Laplante of Ottawa StoryTellers will tell you tales to intrigue and thrill you. Adult program.

Main, 120 Metcalfe, Wednesday, February 20, 12:00 noon.  Drop-in

Sunnyside, 1049 Bank.  Thursday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.   Drop-in


Genealogy for the Whole Family

Fun for all generations!  We will talk about ancestors, learn how to interview relatives, research library resources, and build a family tree to take home.

Nepean Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe.  Friday, March 15, 2:00 p.m.  Register for Genealogy for the Whole Family